Swimming pool

The University swimming pool has six lanes and a moveable bulkhead, creating a competition-length main pool, alongside a comfortable teaching pool for lessons. The pool is available to students, staff and the community for lane and casual swimming, or lessons, on a membership or pay-as-you-go basis.

View the main swimming pool timetable

From 8 January to 24 March 2024. Lane and casual swim sessions available 7 days a week.

About the pool

The University of Bristol swimming pool is 32 metres long at full length. The pool has a moveable bulkhead which enables us to create two distinct area for activity; a larger area is a 25-metre competition length swimming pool, and a smaller teaching pool for lessons and casual swimming. 

During lane swimming sessions, the main pool is split into six lanes. Casual swim sessions will feaure one narrow lane in the main pool, and swimmers in this session will also have access to the smaller teaching pool. 

The depth of the pool ranges from 1.2 metres at its most shallow point to 3.8 metres at the deep end.


You can access the pool for casual or lane swimming sessions with one of our flexible membership options or on a pay-as-you-go basis. 

University of Bristol students and staff non-members benefit from discounted pay-as-you-go prices.

Swimming lessons and courses

We offer a range of programmes and courses which follow the Swim England Swim Stages, including adult swimming lessons. We also offer various aquatic sport activities for juniors and teens. 

Mission Inflatable

Take on the Mission Inflatable for the ultimate children’s pool activity. Have fun, play and race each other on the inflatable course during one of our bookable sessions. 

Free swimming during pregnancy

Download and return our application form to sports-members-admin@bristol.ac.uk. You will need to scan a copy of your NHS prescription exemption card as proof of eligibility. No membership required.

Hire the pool

The pool is available to sports clubs and community groups for commercial hire. Contact our bookings team for availability.

Health and safety information

Health and Safety guidelines

  • Please ensure a 1:1 adult-to-child ratio for children under 4 years.
  • Please ensure a 1:2 adult-to-child ratio for children age 4 - 8 years.
  • Babies should wear leak-proof water nappies.
  • All swimmers should shower before entering the pool.
  • We recommend not swimming within 48-hours of having any sickness.
  • Please inform lifeguards of any medical conditions before entering the pool.
  • Speak to a member of staff if you have any concerns. 

Pay as you go

Many of our facilities can be accessed on a pay as you go basis

Student group or community club hire

If you are a student group or community club please fill in our enquiry form.

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